Iowa women defeat Northwestern 60-55

The Associated Press
Iowa women defeat Northwestern 60-55
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Northwestern forward Maggie Lyon, right, shoots past Iowa guard Theairra Taylor, left, and guard Samamtha Logic during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big Ten Conference tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Thursday, March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- Morgan Johnson and Jamie Printy scored 18 points apiece and Iowa defeated Northwestern 60-55 on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten women's tournament.

Bethany Doolittle added 10 points and Samantha Logic grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (20-11), the seventh seed in the tournament. They advance to meet No. 21 Nebraska, the Big Ten's second seed, in Friday's quarterfinals.

Iowa never trailed in the game. It was 30-26 at halftime and the Hawkeyes led 57-42 with 3 minutes to go before the Wildcats battled back to make it close.

Kendall Hackney led Northwestern (13-17), the No. 10 seed, with 13 points and four steals. Karly Roser scored 11 points, Alex Cohen scored 10 and Dannielle Diamant had a game-high 13 rebounds.

The teams also played on Sunday in Evanston, Ill., with Iowa winning 62-45.